Divorce and Your Health

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young woman in emotional painExperts say that the stress of a divorce and the toll it takes on you emotionally can be equivalent to a loved one passing away.

Many people often neglect their mental and physical health when going through a divorce. However, there are ways to make sure this does not happen.

When you and your spouse enter into a collaborative divorce process, each person will be represented by a team of experts which can include a divorce coach, a neutral financial advisor and an attorney for each party. This holistic process looks at divorce as a family unit, working with each party to find mutual agreements that best serve and preserve the family unit, as well as working towards having a peaceful, respectful divorce.

Here are a few suggestions we like to share with our clients to help them lower their stress levels and protect their health during a divorce:

  • Take care of yourself first. Eat, sleep, drink, water, exercise.
  • Join a divorce support group
  • Try not to stress eat – replace junk food with healthy options
  • Let the sunshine in – Vitamin D can help boost your mood
  • Exercise daily – even if you only have 5 minutes, take a walk, preferably outside.
  • Journal daily – let those deep dark thoughts out
  • You are not looking for grammatically correct sentences, you are looking to dump your emotions out using pen and paper
  • Limit the time you allow yourself to think about and deal with your divorce issues each day. Schedule 30 minutes or an hour to deal with divorce stuff and then stop. This allows you to focus better at work and during family time.

Our team of mental health professionals can help you and your spouse learn to move forward with your marital dissolution while keeping yourself healthy.

The Collaborative Practice of San Diego is a nonprofit, multi-disciplinary referral network of independent professional attorneys, mental health professionals and financial advisors working together to learn, practice, and promote Collaborative processes for problem-solving and the peaceful resolution of family law issues with an eye toward preserving the emotional, as well as the financial assets of the family.

Contact us today to learn how to develop a separation agreement that can be mutually agreed upon by both of you!

Note: This information is general in nature and should not be construed as legal/financial/tax/or medical advice. You should work with your attorney, financial, medical or tax professional to determine what will work best for your situation.

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